Images: Kim Knox (c)1999 Via: About.com
Opened to the public in 1958 under the name Mystery Hill Caves and renamed America’s Stonehenge in 1982, the site continues to intrigue visitors and to puzzle archeologists and other researchers.
Mystery Hill is a jumble of 22 beehive structures and walls, covering 12 acres in Salem, New Hampshire, about 40 miles north of Boston. At the site a horizontal granite slab weighing nearly five tons has been found: it is called the Sacrificial Table—on the speculation that victims were sacrificed there in ancient rites. Investigators have found an oracle chamber and many high, pointed stones along the walls that seem to follow the alignment of the stones at England’s Stonehenge. Some wonder weather they are the ruins of a religious center built at the time of the Druids in Europe. While others believe they are nothing more than the ruins of an old farm. About 150 similar sites have been found in New England.
What is America’s Stonehenge?
Built by a Native American Culture or a migrant European population? No one knows for sure. A maze of man-made chambers, walls and ceremonial meeting places, America’s Stonehenge is most likely the oldest man-made construction in the United States (over 4000 years old).
Various inscriptions have been found throughout the site including Ogham, Phoenician and Iberian Punic Script. Dr. Barry Fell of Harvard University did extensive work on the inscriptions found at the site. They are detailed in his book America B.C.
Like Stonehenge in England, America’s Stonehenge was built by ancient people well versed in astronomy and stone construction. It has been determined that the site is an accurate astronomical calendar. It was, and still can be, used to determine specific solar and lunar events of the year.
Were the astronomically aligned megaliths positioned by migrant Europeans, maybe the descendants of the original builders of Stonehenge, who arrived in America long before Columbus? Were the secret passages and chambers constructed by Native Americans? Is this truly one of the oldest megalithic sites in North America, as radio-carbon dating would suggest?
Check out a photo tour of America’s Stonehenge, and draw your own conclusions.